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71 AGNU: Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations addresses High-Level Dialogue “Building Sustainable Peace for All”.

Mr. Chairman,

We would like to thank you for having convened this high-level dialogue.

Achieving peace remains a challenge for the international community. Stable and sustainable peace for all can only be achieved through strict respect for the Charter of the United Nations, especially, respect for the principles of sovereign equality, territorial integrity and political independence of States.

71 AGNU: Intervención de la delegación de Cuba en el Debate General de la Asamblea General sobre el Tema 11. El deporte para el desarrollo y la paz.

El deporte como medio de promover la educación, la salud, el desarrollo y la paz.

Señor Presidente:

Agradecemos el informe presentado por el Secretario General en el cual recoge un análisis de las acciones realizadas durante el período por el Sistema de Naciones Unidas para la promoción del deporte en aras del desarrollo sostenible y la paz.

Consideramos que las iniciativas llevadas a cabo han sido positivas y reflejan una vez más que el deporte constituye una excelente herramienta para promover la integración, inclusión social  y el desarrollo.

71 AGNU: Cuba At the General Debate on item "Report of the Human Rights Council."

Mr. Chairman,

The emergence of the Human Rights Council resulted from the need to address double standards, political confrontation and manipulation of the former Human Rights Commission. The negative practices that discredited the Commission, which are strongly rejected by Cuba, should be re-edited within this organ.

71 UNGA: The Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations, Ambassador Rodolfo Reyes Rodríguez, participates at the Informal Session with Designate Secretary-General, H.E. Mr. António Guterres.

Mr. Peter Thompson, President of the General Assembly,

Mr. Antonio Guterres, Designate Secretary-General,

On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Cuba, it is my pleasure to extend to Mr. Antonio Guterres our warmest congratulations on his election as Secretary-General of the United Nations. His election by acclamation reaffirms the unanimous support of the international community of his candidacy.

Mr. President,

71 UNGA: The Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations, Ambassador Rodolfo Reyes Rodríguez, participates at the Informal Session with Designate Secretary-General, H.E. Mr. António Guterres.

Mr. Peter Thompson, President of the General Assembly,

Mr. Antonio Guterres, Designate Secretary-General,

On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Cuba, it is my pleasure to extend to Mr. Antonio Guterres our warmest congratulations on his election as Secretary-General of the United Nations. His election by acclamation reaffirms the unanimous support of the international community of his candidacy.

Mr. President,

71 UNGA: Cuba at the Joint Debate on Agenda items NEPAD and decade to roll back Malaria in developing countries, particularly in Africa.

Mr. President,

First and foremost, we welcome the reports presented by the Secretary-General on both agenda items and sub-items.

Cuba believes that the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) is undoubtedly one of the most praiseworthy initiatives ever produced in the African continent over the last decades. The purposes of NEPAD reflect the commitment of the political leaders of the region to the continent´s political, economic and social progress.

71 AGNU: Statement by H.E. Mr. Abelardo Moreno Fernández, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba at the UN General Assembly meeting to commemorate the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

Mr. Chairman,

The Cuban delegation aligns itself with the statements delivered by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement and by the Dominican Republic, on behalf of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).

We live the absurdity of a world that incurs exorbitant expenditure on armaments, including ever-more-deadly nuclear weapons, while asserting that there are not enough resources to promote development and combat hunger, poverty and disease.

71 AGNU: Statement by H.E. Mr. Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba, at the General Debate of the seventy-first session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Mr. President;

Mr. Secretary-General;

Heads of State and Government;

Distinguished delegates;

Statistics could not be more eloquent.  Eighty per cent of the world’s population owns only 6 per cent of all the richness, while the 1 per cent richest enjoys half of the planet’s patrimony.

No less than 795 million persons in the world suffer from chronic hunger and every day 18 000 children die of poverty. More than 660 million persons consume unsafe water and 780 million adults and 103 million youths are illiterate.

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